Studio Swine have developed a simple system that collects the plastic that is washed up on shore or caught in trawlers fishing nets to create the Open Source Sea Chair (see Fig 1. and Fig 2.). The chairs can be manufactured on board the trawler using a rudimentary furnace to melt the plastic down. The plastic is then put into steel moulds and once cooled the chair is assembled and finished with hand tools. The chair tells a story of the state of our oceans and imparts a sense of journey and place, the discarded materials value is heighten through social and environmental awareness.
Thanks to the open sourcing of the simple tools and techniques plus the rapid manufacturing they have allowed anyone from around the globe to take up this method. It is imperative that I connect with community as this is the only way the system will have an impact, so open sourcing my system and product will be part of it. The product, although rudimentary, has a hand made aesthetic which my product needs to ensure the process and message isn't missed. Highlighting that this isn't just ordinary an ordinary product, it has a past and hopefully a useful future.